The project was completed over 10 months and financed by Facebook, the Shell Foundation, USAID, and Endev, and supported by NXT Grid. The system deployed in Gakagati has a 120 kW capacity, but ZOLA says that it is modular and easy to expand. It expects to double the capacity to 240 kW over time.
KTPress takes a look at how the uptake of solar energy (Off-grid) and how it has impacted the lives of Rwandans who are not connected to the National grid as the country eyes attaining the 100% electricity for all by the year 2024.
In Rwanda, Solarkiosk Solutions (SKS) and East African Power (EAP) are launching a joint venture to build solar-powered multi-service centres. “The Pulse will expand to other countries in the Great Lakes region.
Francine Munyaneza is founder of Munyax Eco Company that targets to solve Rwanda’s energy challenges in rural and urban areas by providing solar equipment made and tested in Africa.
Investment company InfraCo Africa has signed a partnership with renewable energy provider Equatorial Power. The two companies will invest $1.7 million to develop a portfolio of solar mini-grids in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Power Up campaign calls wealthy nations to greatly increase climate adaptation funding. The campaign will initially focus on five African countries with the potential to be trailblazers in growing energy access – Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania. But in 2023, Power Up is set to expand its focus on countries worldwide.
The challenge was whole-heartedly accepted via social media and community gatherings and to date, Rwandans and friends of Rwanda have mobilized funding to light up more than 24,000 households. Over 20,000 home solar systems have already been installed across the country.
Even though Rwanda seeks to reduce the percentage of households using wood fuel for cooking, lack of bankable projects by the producers of cleaning cooking technologies could undermine efforts to reach targets, experts have said.
Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform has completed its first field-based course in Rwanda to teach young women in rural off-grid communities to harness the potential of clean energy solutions, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 7 to ensure access to affordable, relia
Following the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA), SMEs should position themselves to tap into the continental market by fully embracing e-commerce as a key driver of facilitating access to the continental market.